Egyptian minister of antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim has a message for the Saint Louis Art Museum: Let our mummy mask go. The mummy in question is Ka-Nefer-Nefer, "The Twice-Beautiful Ka," an Egyptian noblewoman whose funeral mask was unearthed by archaeologist Mohammed Zakaria Goneim in 1951, more th ... More >>
Long-time editor-in-chief Tom Finkel currently wraps up his last week at Riverfront Times, so here's a Kid Rock send-off. Yeah, why not? OK, but seriously, let's all pay our respects by watching Bob Schneider's new music video. Tom will soon be overseeing the Village Voice's music blog, Sound of the ... More >>
Deborah HylandWith the spate of recent comic book adaptations, it's not surprising to finally see a Tintin movie. The real surprise is how long it took. Christopher Reeve reestablished the Superman franchise in 1978; Spiderman swung across the screen in 2002. Even the uber-imperialist Phantom ... More >>
An Illinois man was sentenced to five months in jail and ordered to pay a $1,500 fine last week for sending threats though the mail. Samirkumar Hasmukhlal Mody, 45, of Lake Egypt (near Carbondale), pleaded guilty earlier this year to mailing a letter in January to the Ramesses Lounge in Marion, I ... More >>
Todd Owyoung Josh Ritter and the Royal Family Band | Yellowbirds Off Broadway July 22, 2011 "This will be the world's first protozoan slow dance," Josh Ritter said, squinting against the sweat, bringing the band down towards the end of the night. "You don't have to touch each other though." ... More >>
Who better to teach America about the new My Plate healthy-eating guide than former Daily Show correspondent Mo Rocca? And since when did the CBS Evening News become so hip? Or is Mo Rocca no longer hip? This is more confusing than the 2005 food-guide pyramid revamp, or as Rocca called it, "an Egyp ... More >>
Today's comment of the day comes in response to the Army Corps of Engineers decision to blow up the Birds Point levee south of Cairo. Commenter Mike N. writes: That's one way for the Corps to ensure job security -- build levee, blow up levee, rebuild levee, repeat. It's like a bizzaro Myth of ... More >>
Today's comment comes in response to a post listing ten other despots -- besides Egypt's Hosni Mubarak -- who should step down from power. One of the people RFT staffer, Sarah Fenske, suggests needs to go is Gabon's Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba. That prompted reader Silverfirebird4 to write: I agree with R ... More >>
Image viaNow that Egypt's Hosni Mubarak has finally given in to the masses of brave demonstrators (and military leaders) demanding his resignation, we couldn't help but fantasize about who should follow his example.There are, after all, a ton of terrible dictators out there -- and the world would ... More >>
image viaThe Snowpocalypse here may have amounted to just a few inches, but the news from Egypt is really just as bad as you've heard. Daily RFT just got off the phone with Alix Dunn, an American who lives in Cairo and works for an NGO. Dunn wrote her masters thesis on social networking under ... More >>
image viaHardee's in Cairo.Another reason to be glad you're in St. Louis today instead of Cairo: Even though there's sleet and snow, you can still go to Hardee's, which remains open, even when other stalwarts like the Courtesy Diner have closed, and warm yourself up with a Thickburger. The B ... More >>
Egypt is in total chaos right now, you may have heard. The government has been overturned and there's rioting in the streets. But the Egyptians are way luckier than St. Louisans because even though their country is a shambles, it's going to be 70 degrees and sunny in Cairo tomorrow. And what ... More >>
In this week's paper, Katie Moulton spoke with Grace Potter, the leader of the currently sizzling Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. Moulton spelled out some of the band's accomplishments in recent times - including opening for the Avett Brothers and smoking on VH1's Divas Salute the Troops special - an ... More >>
Welcome to Spice World, in which Gut Check zeroes in on overlooked spices from around the globe, introducing those you may not own -- and probably should. Wikipedia | Wikimedia CommonsHistory: Lest you feel sorry for fenugreek -- its stock overflowing at Whole Foods while its alphabetical ne ... More >>
Buddy Holly's "True Love Ways" is the soundtrack to this compilation of commercials for Panda Mozzarella Cheese, which originates in Egypt. Says the product's website: "Everyone loves Mozzarella cheese and Panda's fresh mozzarella is no exception." As these commercials reveal, declining to like Pand ... More >>
Welcome to Spice World, in which Gut Check looks at overlooked spices from around the globe, introducing those you probably don't own -- and probably should. Forest and Kim StarrHistory: What do you get when you strip oregano from its wild roots? Marjoram: It's oregano's earthy, demure next ... More >>
WIC to include fruits, vegetables and bread after 34 years. (Lincoln Journal Star)Egypt names the best dates of the year after President Obama. (Associated Press)Restaurant in southern Missouri town allowed to serve alcohol. What's next? Legalized dancing? Elsewhere in the state, Boulevard ... More >>
In today's news: Smithfield meatpackers unionize, Egyptian food rioters go to jail, and Tom Colicchio is accused of tip no-nos.
A recent Associated Press article reports that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is now looking into the provenance of the Ka-Nefer-Nefer mask, a 3,000-year-old Egyptian relic acquired in the late 1990s by the Saint Louis Art Museum.The mask, said to date back to the Nineteenth Dynasty (1293- ... More >>
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ABC News surveys the riots and other domestic strife prompted by rising food costs in Haiti, Egypt and several other countries. A new report finds that, contrary to popular perception, last year didn't see a rise in cases of food-borne illnesses. On the other hand, the rate isn't declining, either. ... More >>
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Week of April 13, 2006
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